tv American Israel Public Affairs Committee AIPAC Conference - VP Pence CSPAN March 26, 2019 1:03am-1:33am EDT
at the defensive budget was acting secretary patrick shanahan and chairman joseph dunford. announcer: the orissa will -- holding ais conference in washington. vice president michael pence spoke to the group about the trump administration's commitment to israel. his remarks are 30 minutes. ♪ >> our next against has a deep and personal relationship with israel and aipac. throughout his decades of public pencevice president mike
-- [applause] loveemonstrated a profound for the jewish state. and at this moment, with israel under attack, we are proud to be joined by a leader who has always stood with israel and her times of need and has always reported the right to defend herself. [applause] >> we are greatly appreciative of all the trump administration has done in the past year to advance the u.s.-israel relationship. [applause] america has toughened the sanctions on hamas. israel for defended
egregious assaults at the u.n. america has pulled out of the slaughter iran nuclear -- out of deal andd iran nuclear reacted with a sweeping sanctions. [applause] after 70 years, america has moved our embassy to jerusalem, the eternal capital of israel. [applause] : in a less than an hour, president trump will sign an executive order that will formally recognize israeli sovereignty over the goal line heights. [applause] golan heights. [applause] : mr. vicean
president, on behalf of aipac and its leadership, let me say thank you. [applause] you and president trump. [applause] for working to deepen america's partnership with our steadfast ally, the state of israel. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming a true thend of israel and aipac, vice president of the united states, mike pence. ♪
♪ [applause] vice president pence: well hello, aipac. , thank you for that warm welcome, what an amazing turnout. and how about a round of applause for the great aipac team that put this extraordinary 2019 policy conference together, aipac president mort fridman and my good friend howard kohr, to -- kohr. [applause] to members of congress, israeli ministers, members of the knesset, to the 18,000 friends of israel who have come from near and far, it is great to be back at aipac, the largest gathering of pro-israel americans in the united states.
[applause] and speaking of pro-israel americans, allow me to bring greetings from a friend of mine, and someone history has already proven to be the greatest friend of the jewish people and the state of israel ever to sit in the oval office of the white house. i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause] vice president pence: we gather here today as americans to speak about the progress that we've made and the strengths of our alliance with our most cherished ally. but i just have to say,
yesterday was a great day for our country, our president and every american who cherishes the truth. [applause] after two years of investigation and reckless accusations by many democrats and members of the media, the special counsel confirmed what the president has said all along, there was no obstruction of justice. [applause] make no mistake about it, my fellow americans, this was a total vindication of the president of the united states and our campaign. and it should be welcomed by every american. and even if some democrats want to spend more time on discredited allegations, the american people can be confident.
the president and i are going to continue to focus where we always have, on the issues that are most important to our country, on a stronger and more prosperous america, and on a safer world - and that's exactly what we've done since the first day of this administration. i mean, think about it, president trump promised to rebuild our military and he signed in law the largest investment in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan. [applause] with that renewed american strength, he promised to take the fight to radical islamic terrorism, on our terms, on their soil. and as the department of defense confirmed friday, thanks to the courage of our armed forces and our partners in the region, the last inch of ground controlled by the islamic state in syria has been captured. [applause]
five years after isis controlled nearly 35,000 square miles in syria and iraq, and nearly 5 million people lived under their brutal regime, the isis caliphate is no more. [applause] president trump also promised to revive the american economy, to cut taxes, to roll back regulations and unleash american energy, and he did it. since election day we've created 5.3 million new jobs, the unemployment rate has hit a 50-year low and more americans are working today than ever before in the history of the united states. [applause] no matter how you measure it - record job growth, record investment, record employment -
the american economy is once again the envy of the world. president donald trump is a man of his word. and with respect to our most cherished ally, he's been more than a man of his word. [applause] under president donald trump, if the world knows nothing else the world knows this, america stands with israel. [applause] vice president pence: you know, it's the greatest honor of my life to serve as vice president alongside a president who cares so deeply about the state of israel. thanks to the president's leadership, our alliance has never been stronger. our friendship has never been deeper. we stand with israel today for the same reasons the american people have always stood with israel, we stand with israel
because her cause is our cause, her values are our values, and her fight is our fight. we stand with israel because we believe in right over wrong and good over evil and liberty over tyranny. we stand with israel today, tomorrow and we always will. [applause] but, it's not just been talk. president trump promised that israel will have the resources and tools to defend itself by itself. and today, in the wake of the rocket attack near tel aviv, i'm proud to report that american support for the security of the state of israel has never been stronger, and the military of the state of israel is stronger than ever before.
president trump also promised to shut down the plo office in washington if the palestinian authority refused to take immediate steps to stop funding terrorists who murder innocent israeli civilians with american tax dollars. and when the plo refused, president trump shut their office down. [applause] and today, thanks to so many of you, the taylor force act is a -- the law of the land. [applause] and today, thanks to so many of you, the taylor force act is a law. and when president trump promised to cut off all funding to anti-israel agencies at the united nations, he meant it. and last year the united states ended all u.s. contributions to unrwa.
[applause] beyond all that, the president promised to stand up to the world's leading state sponsor of terror and he withdrew the united states of america from the disastrous nuclear deal with iran. there will be no more pallets of cash to the mullahs of iran. [applause] and last year president trump did what no american president before him had the courage to do when he moved the american embassy to jerusalem, the capital of the state of israel. [applause]
and as though all of this wasn't enough, as prime minister netanyahu said just last week, he did it again. [laughter] [applause] you know, for 20 years, after israel's rebirth, syria held the golan heights, and with this massive artillery it held israel hostage. this crucial region changed hands only after israel won a war that was forced upon them. years later, when israel's enemies attacked her on the holiest day of the jewish year, thousands of patriots stepped up to defend their homeland, including a young tank commander who single-handedly kept a fleet of enemy tanks at bay. the great zvika greengold. [applause]
it's an amazing story. late one night, all alone, as enemy tanks rolled into israel, a miracle happened. capt. greengold moved his tank back and forth in the darkness, firing in different directions to confound and delay a far larger enemy force. his actions not only helped turn the tide of the battle in israel's favor, they secured the golan heights from enemy control - and with it saved the state of israel from the brink of disaster. [applause] but for generations, leaders have recognized the golan heights as critical to the strategic security of the state of israel. but president trump took action. and today, for the first time in 52 years and with prime minister netanyahu at his side, the president of the united states will formally recognize israel's
sovereignty over the golan heights. [applause] our president made these -- we will work forpeace and we will pray the peace of jerusalem and those who love her will be secure. imposed to bee lasting and to be real, it must be negotiated. peas can only be negotiated with partners who are committed to rocket attackays -- and today's rocket attack by
hamas, hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks of israel and the united states will never negotiate with terrorists hamas. [applause] peas will require a compromise, you can be confident of this, the united states of america the safetycompromise and security of the state of israel. [applause] in february, it was my great honor, along with my wife to .ravel to poland we were presented the united states and it on -- and a gathering of leaders from 60 nations. leaders who sat down and
discussed her joint commitment to peace and security. it was a remarkable gathering. it was amazing to see leaders from across the region agree that it the greatest threat to peace and security in the middle east is the islamic republic of iran. [applause] know, the president's critics predicted disaster when he with each route from the iran agreement -- when he with each withdrew fromhe the iran agreement. a maximum pressure campaign to change iran's maligned behavior and told the regime accountable for distrust of actions. the campaign is working. the iranian people are protesting against the regime. the iranian economy is really
under u.s. sanctions and iran must choose between cameron for caring for-- between its people. the iranian regime abdicates another holocaust and six the means to achieve it. i can assure you, on your president trump's leadership, america will continue to stand strong, we will continue to oppose iran's maligned influence and under this president, america will never allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. [applause] vice president pence: when authoritarian regimes have threats of violence, history
teaches we must take them at their word. last month, cameron and i stood and prayed as the schlitz -- at n and i stood at the witz death camp. as we walked around and i looked piles ofs chambers, suitcases and pile of little resolves reinforced my that our answer to this unspeakable tragedy for this and every generation must to be never again. never again. never again! [applause]
mort fridman we have -- vice president pence: we have recent fateful moment in our history, all over the world anti-semitism is on the rise - on college campuses, in the marketplace, even in the halls of congress. you know, there was a time when support for israel was not a partisan issue here in washington. i'll never forget the day in 2007 that i, a conservative christian republican, was asked to co-found the congressional anti-semitism task force by the only holocaust survivor ever to serve in congress - the democrat chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, the late and great tom lantos. [applause]
support for israel was reflected in that moment chairman lantos came by my office. it's been a long and bipartisan tradition in congress spanning generations. but how things have changed. it's astonishing to think that the party of harry truman, which did so much to help create the state of israel, has been co-opted by people who promote rank anti-semitic rhetoric. and work to undermine the broad american consensus of support for israel. recently a freshman democrat in congress trafficked in repeated anti-semitic tropes, alleged congressional support for israel reflected an allegiance to a
foreign country, said that israel had - and i quote - hypnotized the world, and she accused americans who support israel of being bought off with campaign contributions. anti-semitism has no place in the congress of the united states of america. [applause] and at a minimum, anyone who slanders those who support this historic alliance between the united states and israel should never have a seat on the foreign affairs committee of the united states house of representatives. [applause]
vice president pence: the party that has been the home of so many american jews for so long today struggled to muster the votes to unequivocally condemn anti-semitism in a resolution. you know, as governor of indiana i was proud to sign the toughest anti-bds legislation of any state in the union. [applause] but remarkably, today, all but one democrat running for president voted against the combating bds act in the united states senate. and as i stand before you, eight democrat candidates for president are actually boycotting this very conference. so let me be clear on this
point, anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of israel in america. [applause] it is wrong to boycott israel and it is wrong to boycott aipac. [applause] vice president pence: president trump and i couldn't be more proud to stand with all of you today, tomorrow and always, to strengthen the ties that bind america and israel. we here in the united states admire israel, and her success - in fact, we marvel at it. the jewish people have turned the desert into a garden, scarcity into plenty, sickness into health.
they've turned hope into a future of security and prosperity. a tiny land, a land with no natural resources, no rushing rivers or valleys, a nation that despite not knowing a single day of true peace, has in two short generations become one of the world's most vibrant and successful nations. israel is an inspiration to the world. [applause] the united states is proud to stand with israel and her people as allies and cherished friends. the guardian of liberty and that is the trust we will never forsake. they should sit every man and woman under his of mine and under his fig tree.
his vine and under his fig tree. israel and the united states will always stand together. we are more than friends. we are more than partners or allies. the united states and israel are family. [applause] we are -- [applause] we are family. dissented from a common tradition of faith. a family that a whole -- upholds common values. we share a common destiny. israeli alliance is
stronger than ever. our friendship is greater than ever. and as president trump pledged our administration will always stand with our cherish friend and partner with the state of israel. thank you. thank you for the honor of addressing you and support. it is the greatest honor of my life to serve as your vice president asked such 8 -- at such a time of this. [applause] permit me to close with a blessing. to all my fellow americans who love this country and to all those gathered here who cherish israeland the people of
-- may the lord bless and keep be gracious unto you. be in may all your ways peace. with the ongoing funk support of all of you and all of those who caught -- with all the support of all of you and all those who call on president donald trump and with god's help, i know the best today's for israel and the united states of america are yet to come. thank you. god bless you. [applause] god bless israel and god bless the united states. ♪